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On The 10th Day Before Christmas, Stikins ® Gave To Me…

Friday, December 15th, 2017

…Names For Father Christmas & The Last Posting Dates Of The Year!

Yes, there are only TEN DAYS left until Christmas Day and hopefully you’re managing to keep on top of the chaos that is Christmas!

NAMES FOR FATHER CHRISTMAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

While taking a look at Christmas-inspired names, we were struck by how many different names are used to refer to those Christmas (and Winter) visitors who bring gifts to children each year. Here in the UK, we are extremely familiar with the jolly figure of “Father Christmas” but there are many other Christmas and winter gift-bringers who are celebrated around the world – each with their own names, traditions, histories, and helpers…

Christmas Brother

Christmas Elder Man

Christmas Grandpa

Christmas Man

Christmas Old Man

Father Christmas

Father Frost

Good Little Oldie

Grandfather Christmas

Grandfather Frost

Grandfather Santa

Grandpa Christmas

Grandpa Frost

Little
Star

Lord Of The Cold

New Year Boy

Old Man Christmas

Snow Grandfather

Star
Man

The Easter Oldman

While the majority of these figures follow “Old Man” traditions, there are some female gift-givers to be found, including:

  • Saint Lucia/Saint Lucy: most commonly celebrated in Scandinavia and Italy, Saint Lucy is associated with light and “festivals of light” are held in her honour on the 13th December. In Italy, she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad children – children leave out food to entice the donkey and make sure that Saint Lucy visits their house.
  • The Snow Girl/The Snow Maiden: Snegurochka is celebrated in Russia, where she is usually depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz (“Old Man Frost” or “Grandfather Frost”) – who delivers presents to children on New Year’s Eve.
  • Frau Holle/Old Mother Frost: also known as Holda, Huld, or Hulda, she is variously depicted as a Goddess of Winter, of the Sky, and of the Weather. In some traditions, she flies through the skies on 24th December (also known as “Mother’s Night”) to bring gifts to children. The Grimm Brothers used her in one of their fairy tales; snow falls to earth whenever she shakes out the blanket on her bed and she rewards a good child with gold and punishes a bad child with hot pitch.
  • Perchta: also known as Percht, Berchta, and Bertha, Perchta is a variation of the Frau Holle figure (or vice versa) and traditionally roams the countryside between Christmas and Epiphany, rewarding good children and punishing bad children.
  • Befana the Christmas Witch: celebrated throughout Italy, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany Eve (the night of 5th January); good children wake up to a stocking full of gifts and sweets, while naughty children find a lump of coal – traditionally, children find nice gifts AND a lump of coal (rock sugar darkened with caramel colouring) as a reminder that they haven’t always been on their best behaviour…

Last Posting Dates For Ordering Stikins ® Name Labels Before Christmas…

We’ll be printing our name labels for clothing & personal items all next week (Monday – Friday); any orders we receive before 3pm will be despatched on the same day, while those received after 3pm will be sent next day.

Orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard BUT we highly recommend upgrading to our special delivery service (Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service; shipping cost £5.75) to make absolutely sure that your name labels arrive before Christmas. This is because Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will arrive next day AND because first class mail does tend to see delays in the run up to Christmas.

How To Upgrade Your Name Label Order To A Special Delivery Service…

Currently, our special delivery service is only available to request by phone; this allows us to make absolutely sure that your stick on name labels will be made and despatched on the SAME DAY so you definitely get them NEXT DAY. Our Customer Service Team is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm – simply give us a call on 01270 668076 and we’ll be happy to help.

THINGS TO NOTE:

1. Today is the LAST DAY to order Christmas name labels for delivery to the Republic of Ireland.
2. If you find yourself leaving things to the very last minute, the LAST DAY for any orders of school labels, equipment name tags, and general purpose name stickers will be FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER (UP TO 3PM).
To receive your order on Saturday, you will need to order by phone and request our Saturday delivery option (shipping cost: £8.75).

Remember, you can order ANYTIME by visiting www.stikins.co.uk OR you can give us call (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to order name labels by phone and to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service.

Last Posting Dates For Christmas Name Labels

Friday, December 1st, 2017

It is finally December, which means that the Christmas Countdown is officially ON!

It also means that if you’ve been thinking about ordering some Christmas name labels to get yourself organised over the holidays, then NOW is the time to buy!

Christmas is a great time of year to take stock of how much stuff has made it to school and back again safely (and how much hasn’t) and to see what else needs labelling – just in case.

Maybe you need school uniform labels for someone who’s grown a bit (or a lot) over the last few months, name tags for equipment that’s needed for a new class or project starting in January, or perhaps you just need a few extra stick on name labels to help keep a few Christmas presents safe when they inevitably get taken into school for an (un)official show and tell.

If you’ve got a child (or any other family members) with a bit of a reputation for losing things, a pack of Stikins ® name labels might just be the perfect little extra something for their stocking this year.

It’s also a great time to order school name labels on behalf of family and friends – especially those living abroad who will be visiting (or visited) over the holidays.

If you want to order a pack (or two or three or four – or more!) of sticky name labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas – don’t worry! – there’s still plenty of time to make sure that your stick on labels arrive before the big day.

SWIFT & SPEEDY DESPATCH

OF SEASONAL SCHOOL NAME LABELS

We print, pack, and post our name labels every day, Monday to Friday, up to 3pm – which means that ALL orders received before 3pm are sent out SAME day, while orders received after 3pm (or over the weekend) are sent out on the NEXT working day.

We send all of our orders via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard (free of charge) and you can also upgrade to a next day delivery service (shipping: £5.75) or a Saturday delivery service (shipping: £8.75) to make sure that your name stickers arrive safe and sound as soon as possible.

To upgrade to our special delivery options, please give us a call on 01270 668076; this allows us to ensure that your order will DEFINITELY be despatched same day for next day delivery.

DELIVERY DEADLINES TO AVOID

A CHRISTMAS DISAPPOINTMENT

If you do want to order name labels for clothes and other items – and you need them to arrive BEFORE Christmas – then we strongly recommend upgrading to our next day delivery service.

We also recommend ordering as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – especially if you are relying on our standard delivery service; Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will be delivered next day and this service can experience delays as we get closer to Christmas.


If you find that ordering name labels has slipped your mind, these are the very last posting dates for orders of Stikins ® name labels:

Delivery to Europe: last posting dates vary by country with some being as early as the 6th December and others being as late as 13th-15th December; you can get in touch with us to find out the last posting date for your intended shipping destination BUT we strongly recommend ordering THIS WEEK to give your name labels plenty of time to arrive.

Delivery to the Republic Of Ireland: we despatch orders via Royal Mail’s International Standard service, which means the last posting date is Friday 15th December.

This service may be delayed so we recommend ordering as early as possible for pre-Christmas delivery.

Standard Delivery to the UK: Royal Mail’s First Class service has a last posting date of Wednesday 20th December.

This service may be delayed so we recommend ordering as early as possible for pre-Christmas delivery OR upgrading to a special delivery service.

Special Delivery to the UK: special delivery is via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service, which has a last posting date of Thursday 21st December.

If you find yourself leaving things to the VERY last minute this year, we can despatch name labels on Friday 22nd December for delivery before Christmas, providing you upgrade to the Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service.

Remember, if you want to upgrade to one of our special delivery options at ANY time during December, you will need to call our Customer Service Team to do so – this allows us to make sure that your sticky name labels are made and despatched on the same day you order.

A Happy New Year From Label Planet (& Yes, We’re Already Printing Brand New Orders Of Name Labels)!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

A Happy New Year From Label Planet!

Yes, 2016 has departed and, even though we’re only three days in, we’re already back at work and printing the first batch of name label orders for 2017.

If you placed an order for name labels over the winter break, your name labels will be printed and despatched this afternoon via Royal Mail’s first class service. We’ll continue to run production every day at 3pm (Monday to Friday) so if you find that you’re in need of a quick top up order, you’ve completely forgotten to order name labels for the new year, or you’ve got an emergency name label situation, don’t worry – your name labels will be on their way to you in no time at all!

You can order from our website at any time, pop an order in the post, or give us a call to order by phone (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). All orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard, although you can call us to upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery option (UK delivery only, £5.75 shipping) if you need to make sure that your labels arrive before an upcoming deadline.

We also ship to a limited number of non-UK countries; these orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s International Standard service (shipping cost: £1.50 per pack) and should be delivered in 3-5 working days (Western Europe) or 5-7 working days (Rest of the World).

If you have any questions or queries about ordering name labels from Label Planet – whether you’ve ordered over the winter break or you’d like to place an order now – please get in touch with our Customer Service Team for assistance. To place an order online, get started by visiting our Stikins ® name labels product page or our Trons ® name transfers product page.

A Very Merry Christmas from Label Planet!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Happy Christmas from all of us at Label Planet!

On this Eve of Christmas Eve, we would like to take a moment to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have ordered name labels from us in 2016. We’ve had an absolutely spectacular year and we’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support – whether you’ve simply decided to buy your name labels from us or you’ve gone the extra mile and written us a review, mentioned us on social media, or introduced us to friends and family.

Whatever plans you’ve got for the rest of the year, we wish you and your family all the very best for this Christmastime and we hope you have a fabulously festive time celebrating in style – and that you get everything you’ve wished for in this year and the next!

See you in 2017!

Last Orders (Of Name Labels) Please!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

While it’s unlikely that you’ll be unaware that Christmas is, essentially, here – in the rush to get everything ready, you might have THOUGHT about making an “end-of-the-year” name label order without actually getting around to making said order, which means that you might be wondering if there’s still time to do so.

And, of course, there is! (Just about!)

We will be processing and despatching orders of name labels up to 3pm on Thursday (22nd December).

Our last orders will be despatched on Thursday evening, via Royal Mail’s first class service, although you will need to bear in mind that the last recommended posting day for first class mail is actually Wednesday 21st December – and items sent after this date are unlikely to arrive before Christmas (although, if we’re honest, items sent before this date might not arrive either – given the extremely high level of post being despatched at this time of year).

If you do absolutely have to have your name labels BEFORE Christmas, we advise that you give us a call and request our upgraded delivery option. This service costs £5.75 and guarantees delivery by 1pm on the next working day – which really means you should order by Thursday 22nd December. And, again, given the time of year we would advise customers that it is possible that even “guaranteed” delivery services may be delayed.

So, if you really need to have your name labels before Christmas, you need to place an order before 3pm on Thursday (22nd ) and request our upgraded delivery option. If you don’t mind when your labels arrive, you can order at any time before 3pm on Thursday (22nd) OR you can even place an order over the Christmas break – when things are a little bit “quieter”. Any orders we receive after 3pm on Thursday will be made and despatched when we return from our Christmas break on January 3rd 2017.

If you have any questions or queries about ordering name labels BEFORE Christmas, please contact our Customer Service Team as soon as possible; alternatively, you can simply send us an email over the Christmas break and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can once we return in the new year.

Visit our website to find out all of the ways you can GET IN TOUCH or visit our product pages to place an order for Stikins ® name labels or Trons ® name transfers.

Defeat The Chaos Of Christmas With Delightfully Quick Despatch & Delivery from Label Planet!

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Christmas is always a complicated time of year with so very many things to be done and less and less time to actually get anything done. If your family’s schedule is jam-packed this December and you’re worried about things going missing in the ensuing chaos of the Christmas season, don’t panic – Stikins ® name labels are here to help!

Our multipurpose name labels can be used to label clothing, fabric items, and all kinds of personal items to help prevent things going missing or getting mixed up over the Christmas season (and beyond!) – so, regardless of whether you’re trying to organise a family holiday, get your child ready for a residential trip, or safely and securely label all the bits and bobs your child needs with them while taking part in a music concert or drama performance, you can buy a pack of Stikins ® and get the whole lot labelled!

Stikins ® are incredibly easy and quick to apply; simply peel each one off the backing sheet and stick them onto your items (when labelling clothing/fabric items you must apply them to the wash-care label and when labelling shoes you must apply them to the side wall or beneath the tongue).

We’ve also made sure that they’re extremely easy to order AND that they arrive with you as quickly as possible (so you can get your stuff labelled and then get on with the rest of your To Do List). You can order at any time from our website or you can give our Customer Service Team a call (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm); all orders that we receive by 3pm (Mon-Fri) will be despatched same day, with orders received after 3pm or over the weekend being despatched on the next working day.

We send all of our name labels via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard; around 93% of this is delivered the next day, with the remainder taking a day or two extra – you can choose to upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery for £5.75 if you want to make absolutely sure that your labels arrive in plenty of time (NB: upgraded delivery is only available by phone).

Place an order today by visiting our Stikins ® product page or our Trons ® product page; alternatively, visit our Contact Us page to find out how to get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you would like to request our upgraded delivery service or if you have any questions.

December Is Here! Which Means ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly (& Make A Note Of This Year’s Last Posting Dates)!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Yes, December has officially begun, which means that even the most “bah humbug” of Scrooges has to admit that Christmas is certainly and most definitely on the way – and that means it’s time for our annual blog about this year’s LAST POSTING DATES!

If you are planning on ordering name labels this month (but haven’t quite got around to it yet), these are the dates that you’ll need to bear in mind if you absolutely positively have to have your labels BEFORE Christmas.

We do print name labels EVERY DAY (Mon-Fri) so every order we receive in December will be despatched on the same or next working day BUT while we can promise a speedy despatch, we cannot guarantee a swift delivery (unless you upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option). As always, the post does get less and less reliable as we edge closer to Christmas, so it’s best to get your order placed as soon as you can. If you are especially concerned about receiving your labels in plenty of time, please call our Customer Service Team to request an upgrade to a guaranteed next (working) day delivery service (this shipping option is only available by phone and costs £5.75).

If you do find that you’ve forgotten to order name labels OR that you unexpectedly need a few extras (perhaps you’ve discovered a pile of un-labelled things, have been presented with a list of “required” uniform and equipment for the next semester, or have a friend or relative who needs to move into a nursing or residential care home suddenly), don’t panic: the last and final posting dates for ordering name labels from Label Planet are as follows:

NON-UK ORDERS (Royal Mail’s International Standard Service)
Friday 2nd December: Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 7th December: Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia)
Thursday 8th December: Caribbean, Central, and South America
Friday 9th December: Australia, Greece, New Zealand
Wednesday 14th December: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thursday 15th December: Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 16th December: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

BRITISH FORCES POST OFFICE (BFPO) (Royal Mail’s International Standard HM Forces Mail)
Friday 12th December: Static BFPOs

UK ORDERS
Wednesday 21st December: Royal Mail’s First Class & Signed For First Class
Thursday 22nd December: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed
Friday 23rd December: Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed

PLEASE NOTE: we must receive your order by 3pm on the dates listed above to allow us time to make, pack, and despatch your order.
We would NOT recommend relying on the Saturday Guaranteed Delivery option if at all possible as, in our experience, this service is never as reliable as their Guaranteed Next Working Day Delivery option.

If you have ANY concerns about making a last minute order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us; visit our website to view all of our contact information or to simply go ahead and make your winter order of name labels today!

Remember, Remember The 5th November…Is An Excellent Time To Buy Name Labels For Winter!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

If you’ve made big plans this Bonfire Night we hope you have a marvellous time; whether you’re planning to build a splendid bonfire, watch a spectacular fireworks display, or simply have some fairground fun and food, we hope that you have a brilliant evening (and we’ve got everything crossed for good weather!).

Of course, we’d also like to point out that this is an excellent time of year to make an order of name labels for all those winter-related jobs that need doing. For example, if you’ve already dragged your winter wardrobe out from the back of your cupboard/wardrobe/attic/alternative storage space, you may well have a whole heap of winter warmers to get safely and securely labelled so they don’t go missing when you and your family need them most. From woolly hats and snuggly scarves to big, BIG coats and colourful mittens – winter means keeping track of a lot of accessories, which need to be put on, taken off, put on, taken off and it’s all too easy for something to get put down and left behind (for adults as well as children!).

You may also be planning to chase after some winter sun or have plans to spend your Christmas in a winter wonderland, on a warm sandy beach, or at home with friends and family, which means you might want to order some extra name labels to get all your holiday stuff safely labelled before you go (so you don’t end the year with someone losing their favourite jumper, cuddly toy, or other holiday essentials).

Name labels are also an ideal tool for dealing with (some of) the chaos that goes hand in hand with Christmas. Perhaps you’re looking at a crazy couple of weeks filled with event after event after event (after event), with school trips, residential trips, Christmas concerts, and Nativity performances – each of which will come with its own list of required “essentials” that need to be carted to and from (and around) different venues (usually in amongst a whole heap of identical or very, very similar belongings). Adding a name label is a quick and easy way to help make sure that your children can keep track of their stuff throughout the holiday season.

Our Stikins ® name labels are an easy to use multipurpose name label solution that can be used to quickly and securely label all kinds of items, including clothing and personal items. Each name label measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and is a plain white label printed with a bold black font to make sure that the information on the label is extremely easy to find and read when needed. They have been successfully tested by an independent laboratory using the BS EN ISO6330 wash test procedure for 30 washes at 40 degrees, and can be used to label any items that will be put through a washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher, or microwave. With clothing and fabric items they must be applied onto the wash-care label to ensure that they stick properly, while they can be applied directly onto other personal items (if you use them to label shoes, you should apply them under the tongue or onto the side wall and NOT directly under the heel).

We make and despatch name labels EVERY DAY (Monday to Friday), with all orders we receive by 3pm being posted out same day by Royal Mail’s first class service – so you can make your order, receive your name labels, and get your stuff labelled quickly and easily, and then get on with the more fun things in life!

To get organised this winter, simply head on over to our Stikins ® product page to start placing an online order today!

A Happy New Year To All Of Our Name Label Customers!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

We’re back for 2016, and we hope that all of our customers (and assorted friends and family) have had a wonderful Christmas holiday and a fantastic start to the New Year!

Hopefully the coming year will bring all kinds of good things (and possibly even a new year’s resolution to buy more name labels!).

Here at Label Planet, production is up and running once more; all orders placed over the Christmas holidays were printed and despatched yesterday (Monday 4th January) and all new orders are being processed according to our current despatch and delivery service level – production runs on Tuesdays and Fridays (up to 3pm), with all orders being made and despatched within three working days.

Orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service; if you need to receive your order in time for a specific deadline (for example, if your child has a school trip coming up or a friend or relative is moving into a residential or nursing home), please give us a call. If you order by phone, you can request an upgraded shipping service (UK delivery only, £5.75 shipping cost) to guarantee next day delivery of your name labels.

We Wish You All A Wonderful Winter Wonderland This Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Happy Holidays From Label Planet!

We wish you all the very best for the Christmas Holidays & New Year!

Whatever your plans are for this year (and next), we hope they are full of festive sparkle and joy, and that your Christmastime is both very merry and very bright (with just a touch of snow for that perfect White Christmas).